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The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes


by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Return of Sherlock Holmes Admiration Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Story.Paragraph) or (Story.Section.Paragraph) if applicable.

Quote #4

The strong, masterful personality of Holmes dominated the tragic scene, and all were equally puppets in his hands. (Solitary Cyclist.111)

Over-the-top passages like this really help to emphasize Watson's hero-worship of Holmes. The image of "puppets" is also really interesting here since it has some negative connotations, or associations. Holmes isn't just dominating, he's also rather controlling.

Quote #5

Holmes, however, like all great artists, lived for his art's sake, and [...] I have seldom known him to claim any large reward for his inestimable services. (Black Peter.1.1)

This statement is part of one of the most unusual story introductions in this collection. Holmes opens this tale with a defense of Holmes's actions at the end of the previous story, the "Priory School," where Holmes accepted a huge financial reward. Watson's concern with Holmes's image and reputation really comes out here.

Quote #6

[Stanley Hopkins] professed the admiration and respect of a pupil for the scientific methods of the famous amateur. (Black Peter.13)

Hopkins is Holmes's student, but we can see definitely elements of hero-worship in his dealings with Holmes. He views Holmes with more than just respect.

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